Friday, July 08, 2016

Snacks from Wai Lana

Wai Lana makes an assortment of healthy, gluten-free, non-GMO, etc snacks, including chips, granola, and bars.  They were featured in the product fair we had at work, so I got to try several of their items, although none are things I'd normally seek out.  And ... for good reason.  None of these were very good.

Chips

"Made from nutrient-rich cassava, these gluten-free chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. With an unforgettable crunch and an abundance of tempting flavors, Wai Lana Chips are a uniquely delicious, all-natural snack."

The chips are all made from cassava, rather than potato.  They are gluten-free.  This didn't turn me off at first, since I do like the flavor of cassava.  But ... there was just something really strange about these.  The mouthfeel was all wrong in the flavors I tried.

The chips are available in 6 flavors, ranging from natural to lime chili and thai curry.
Barbeque Cassava Chips.
  • Herb & Garlic.  Decent herb and garlic flavor, but not good. [ Strange consistency but good flavor. ]
  • Barbecue: Again, strange mouthfeel.  Not much BBQ flavor.  Meh. [ Not very BBQ flavored.  Do not like. ]

Cassava Pops

"Satisfy your snack cravings with these delicious, gluten-free cassava chips. They are popped with a little heat and pressure, not baked or fried—so you can enjoy all the flavor without the extra calories. "
Cassava Pops are ... sorta like the chips.  They are also gluten-free and made from cassava.  I honestly have no idea what the distinction between these product lines is.  The Pops are available in only three varieties: sea salt, luau BBQ, and Volcano.
Volcano Cassava Pops.
I love yucca, so, I was excited by the thought of these.  Yuca chips!  "Lava hot & spicy".  Healthy too?

But, they were just air popped chips that tasted a bit too much like chickpeas or beans for my taste, not like yucca.  The "volcano" flavor was indistinguishable from bbq.

Little Yogis Bars

The bars are from their product line for children (hence the "little yogis" name), and have very appealing names, but not so appealing taste.  They were discontinued at some point.
Banana Split Little Yogis Bar.
  • Banana Split: Strange bitter taste (from carob?), banana flavor comes through, kinda mushy and strange texture.  Do not like.
  • Oatmeal Raisin: Again, very bitter taste, very crumbly strange texture.  Do not like.
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